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Top Science Educators Set For LIT

The Limerick-Clare branch of the Irish Science Teachers Association (ISTA) has announced the details of the National Conference of the ISTA which will be held in Limerick Institute of Technology on the 8-10 April 2016. The theme for the 2016 conference is Science Education in Ireland ~ New Frontiers. Photo: Amber Gell​ Amber Gell

Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), Intel, Dell and Analog Devices Ireland (ADI) have announced their key sponsorship of the programme and are delighted to support the conference where renowned scientists, researchers and educators will be present.

The Limerick-Clare branch of the ISTA has announced that registration for the National Conference of the ISTA which will be held in Limerick on the 8-10 of April is open and both members and non-members can book their place to attend the weekend long event to hear from top scientists, researchers and educators. Full details of the conference programme, special guests and registration is available at: http://www.istaconference.com/. You can follow the conference details on Twitter at #ISTAconf2016

The conference will attract the interest of many in-service and pre-service primary teachers and second-level Science teachers, as well as teacher educators and all others interested in contributing to Science Education in Ireland and abroad. It is anticipated that there will over 200 participants attending the three day event. It will be held in Limerick IT and in the Strand Hotel. Representatives from the Department of Education, National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) and the Junior Cycle Team will be attending to meet with teachers.
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Click to Download ISTA_Conference_Schedule_2016.pdf

The conference provides an opportunity to meet and hear world-renowned scientists, science educators and researchers from the US, Europe and the UK. The invited keynote speakers include:

· Professor Mark McCaughrean, Senior Scientific Advisor at the European Space Agency (Sponsored by SFI)
· Dr Amber Gell, Rocket Scientist, Systems Engineer (Sponsored by INTEL)
· Dr Pat Kiely, Lecturer in the Department of Life Sciences at UL and Principal Investigator of the Laboratory of Cellular and Molecular Biology
· Prof David Katz, Professor of Chemistry at Pima Community College in Pima, Arizona
· Prof Eric Mazur from Harvard, author of Principles and Practices of Physics.(Sponsored by Analog)
· Prof Billy O' Connor, Foundation Professor and Head of Teaching and Research in Physiology at UL (Sponsored by Dell)

Cook Medical will sponsor a Pecha Kucha, an innovative and new way of presentation that enable multiple leading practitioners share their best practices -providing simple solutions to everyday challenges in the classroom.

“Science Foundation Ireland is delighted to partner with the Irish Science Teachers Association for the 2016 annual conference. Teachers play a vital role in encouraging and engaging young people in science, technology, engineering and maths. SFI looks forward to continuing to work with ISTA and directly with teachers to promote the importance of studying STEM subjects so that the next generation of young people have the skills to meet 21st century employment opportunities” said Stephanie O’Neill, Science Foundation Ireland 

“LIT have a longstanding relationship with the ISTA thanks to very active staff in the department. We really value our links with the second level system and look forward to welcoming the delegates in April.” said Dr Maria Hinfelaar, President, Limerick IT 

We are very grateful to each of the main sponsors and to those who already have booked their place at the exhibition hall. If you or your company would like to be involved please contact

Email: istacon2016@gmail.com. We would be delighted to hear from you. Registration to attend the event is online only.

Aims & Objectives of the conference:
• To provide an opportunity to meet and hear world-renowned scientists, science educators and researchers from the US, Europe and the UK.
• To offer a forum for all Science teachers (primary and second level) in Ireland to network and discuss topical issues.
• To provide practical workshops on Primary Science, Junior Cycle Science, Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Astronomy.
• To give local industries an opportunity to communicate with Science educators and exhibit their resources.
• To showcase Limerick as a flagship for innovation in Science and Science education.
Grace Fitwell (Cook Medical), Anne O’Dwyer (Mary I), Marie Walsh (LIT), Jonathan Walsh (Intel), Stephanie O’Neill (SFI), Dave Gr
Photo: Grace Fitwell (Cook Medical), Anne O’Dwyer (Mary I), Marie Walsh (LIT), Jonathan Walsh (Intel), Stephanie O’Neill (SFI), Dave Griffin (Dell), Maria Sheehan (Chairperson Limerick Clare ISTA), Eleanor Walsh (BITC Ireland)​​​​​​​

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